Nitya and I met in 2016 when she signed up for a photography workshop I was teaching. It was a class to teach people on what to look for when taking photos on the fly. Natural light, backgrounds, framing. She brought her brand new camera that she was still figuring out and was especially interested in the food photography segment. She didn’t know it at the time, but food photography is one of my favorite things to talk about right after the best places to eat, what food documentaries are the most inspiring and what my partner has been perfecting in our own kitchen. After 15 years in the restaurant industry, living in Europe, and signing up to any culinary tour I can squeeze into any city we are visiting, I love to eat and hate to waste a meal. I am a total foodie.
Love of food and sense of community is how Nitya and I grew to be friends. Supporting one another’s culinary passions, sharing resources and cheering each other on, it was only a matter of time before I approached her about documenting one of her favorite recipes, plus I knew I’d get to take home something delicious.
Nitya’s kitchen is made to cuisine. Her blog is called Beyond Curry and unlike me, who cannot follow a recipe, her skills are in the details and care taken to get the flavors just right. Almost three years later we continue sharing tips, recommendations and will be partnering soon to share with you what we have learned along the way. Stay tuned. In the meantime be sure to check out her latest blog post with the recipe for these delicious Garam Masala Cheese Scones.